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Top 25 Best Anime Opening Songs of All Time

Everyone has their own favorite anime opening, but is the one you cherish featured on this best of list? Let's take a look at 25 of the best and most famous anime openings in anime history!

by FreeNightFalls
Dec 7, 2015 12:42 AM | 532,848 views

We're all guilty of skipping through the opening songs of animes every now and again. Some of us may be serial offenders. But even those who have no patience to sit through roughly a minute and a half of jpop/jrock tunes have to admit that some anime legacies are defined by their choice of opening song. Here are our list of 25 of the best anime opening songs of all time.

All ranking information was taken on the date of publication


Cowboy Bebop - ”Tank!” by Seatbelts

MAL Rated 8.83, Ranked #22 | Aired Spring 1998 | Produced by Sunrise


Cowboy Bebop OP Best Anime Opening Songs

The famous jazz/bebop tune which is iconic and always associated with this anime. It has been used in international commercials as well.

Cowboy Bebop Opening Tank! Seatbelts OP Best Anime Opening Songs



Samurai Champloo - ”Battlecry” by Nujabes feat. SHINGO2

MAL Rated 8.50, Ranked #101 | Aired Spring 2004 | Produced by Manglobe


Samurai Champloo
This rap opening has become more famous than the anime itself and it has brought worldwide recognition to the late artist Nujabes.

Samurai Champloo opening Battlecry Nujabes


Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - "Inner Universe" by Origa

MAL Rated 8.46, Ranked #119 | Aired Fall 2002 | Produced by Production I.G


(Episodes 1-26)

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex OP Best Anime Opening Songs
The late vocalist Origa lent her amazing voice for this outstanding song that has brought her recognition worldwide.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Inner Universe Origa OP Best Anime Opening Songs


Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary) - "Kuusou Mesorogiwi" by Yousei Teikoku

MAL Rated 8.18, Ranked #322 | Aired Fall 2011 | Produced by Asread


(Episodes 2-14)

Mirai Nikki  OP Best Anime Opening Songs

In this case, the opening song reflects the dynamics of the anime perfectly - it is fast, crazy and catchy. The transition from a choral beginning to a powerful, fast melody is just as surprising as the many mysteries in the anime itself!

Mirai Nikki Kuusou Mesorogiwi Yousei Teikoku OP Best Anime Opening Songs


Angel Beats! - "My Soul, Your Beats!" by Lia

MAL Rated 8.47, Ranked #114 | Aired Spring 2010 | Produced by Aniplex


(Episodes 1-3, 5-12)

Angel Beats! OP Best Anime Opening Songs
Enjoy this catchy pop tune of amazing refrain to help you remember all the hilarious and sad moments of this beautiful anime.

Angel Beats! OP "My Soul, Your Beats!" by Lia Best Anime Opening Songs


Tokyo Ghoul - "unravel" by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure

MAL Rated 8.11, Ranked #402 | Aired Summer 2014 | Produced by Studio Pierrot


(Episodes 2-11)

Tokyo Ghoul OP Best Anime Opening Songs

This song hits you hard. Its slow beginning picks up beat throughout the opening, similar to the sound of a heart, beating faster and faster!

Tokyo Ghoul unravel Ling Tosite Sigure OP Best Anime Opening Songs

If you enjoyed the beautiful blue skies in this opening, please be sure to check out the Way Too Many Anime Openings Use This Motif article as well!



Elfen Lied - "Lilium" by Kumiko Noma

MAL Rated 7.93, Ranked #611 | Aired Summer 2004 | Produced by Arms


Elfen Lied OP Best Anime Opening Songs

The opera singer Kumiko Noma will give you an eargasm with her breathtaking voice! This opening is a perfect portrayal of the sci-fi/action feeling of the series.

Elfen Lied Lilium Kumiko Noma



Neon Genesis Evangelion - "Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis (A Cruel Angel's Thesis)" by Yoko Takahashi

MAL Rated 8.32, Ranked #199 | Aired Fall 1995 | Produced by Gainax


Neon Genesis Evangelion OP Best Anime Opening Songs

You can hear the upbeat '90s sound in this opening pop theme. It is one of the most popular songs in anime history and still lives on in the hearts of fans worldwide!

Neon Genesis Evangelion Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis OP Best Anime Opening Songs



Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) - ”Guren no Yumiya (Crimson Bow and Arrow)" by Linked Horizon

MAL Rated 8.65, Ranked #52 | Aired Sring 2013 | Produced by Production I.G & Wit Studio


(Episodes 1-13)

attack on titan shingeki no kyojin OP Best Anime Opening Songs

Probably one of the most recognizable anime series out there, it begins with a choral opening (which is omitted in the TV version) and then swiftly switches to a bombastic and fast tempo.

Shingeki no Kyojin OP Best Anime Opening Songs Guren no Yumiya


Dragon Ball Z - "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" by Hironobu Kageyama

MAL Rated 8.32, Ranked #198 | Aired Spring 1989 | Produced by Toei Animation


(Episodes 1-199)

Dragon Ball Z OP Best Anime Opening Songs

The song is the epitome of the sound of the '80s and you won't be able to kick the line "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" out of your head once you hear it.

Dragon Bal Z OP Best Anime Opening Songs Cha-La Head Cha-La


Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry) - "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni" by Eiko Shimamiya

MAL Rated 8.24, Ranked #258 | Aired Spring 2006 | Produced by Studio Deen


Higurashi no Naku Koro ni OP Best Anime Opening Songs
This opening song gives off mysterious and eerie vibes, the same that you get while watching the anime. It will give you goosebumps in more way than one!

Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni OP Best Anime Opening Songs Eiko Shimamiya


Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - "again" by YUI

MAL Rated 9.25, Ranked #1 | Aired Spring 2009 | Produced by Bones


(Episodes 1-14)
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OP Best Anime Opening Songs

YUI is a talented singer who writes her own music and this tune is one of her best! It flows well with FMA's action style.

Fullmetal Alchemist OP Best Anime Opening Songs again YUI



Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion) - "COLORS" by FLOW

MAL Rated 8.86, Ranked #19 | Aired Fall 2006 | Produced by Sunrise


(Episodes 1-12)

Code Geass OP Best Anime Opening Songs

This catchy tune, performed by FLOW, perfectly portrays all the complex emotions of this popular mecha anime.

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch OP Best Anime Opening Songs COLORS FLOW


Death Note - "the WORLD" by Nightmare

MAL Rated 8.75, Ranked #32 | Aired Fall 2006 | Produced by Madhouse


(Episodes 1-19)

Death Note OP Best Anime Opening Songs

The Japanese band Nightmare performs this super popular rock tune that is just as exciting as the anime itself.

Death Note OP Best Anime Opening Songs Nightmare the WORLD



Nichijou (My Ordinary Life) - "Hyadain no Kakakata☆Kataomoi - C" by Hyadain (Kenichi Maeyamada)

MAL Rated 8.53, Ranked #91 | Aired Spring 2011 | Produced by Kyoto Animation


(Episodes 1-6, 8-13)

Nichijou OP Best Anime Opening Songs

If you're a fan of cheerful and upbeat melodies, you are sure to fall in love with this fun opening!

Nichijou OP Best Anime Opening Songs Hyadain no Kakakata Kataomoi


One Piece - "Share the World" by Tohoshinki

MAL Rated 8.62, Ranked #58 | Aired Fall 1999 | Produced by Toei Animation


(Episodes 395-425)

One Piece
The super famous Korean boy band Tohoshinki performed this upbeat opening for the mega popular One Piece.

One Piece OP Best Anime Opening Songs


Death Parade - "Flyers" by BRADIO

MAL Rated 8.40, Ranked #153 | Aired Winter 2015 | Produced by Madhouse


Death Parade
Probably one of the catchiest openings ever, it is a tune that you can't help but dance to. Its contrast to the anime's dark theme is also very memorable.

Death Parade Flyers BRADIO


Noragami - "Goya no Machiawase" by Hello Sleepwalkers

MAL Rated 8.17, Ranked #332 | Aired Winter 2014 | Produced by Bones


Noragami
Check out this rock opening song that fits nicely with the recently released anime Noragami. It is full of action and fantasy elements.

Noragami Goya no Machiawase Hello Sleepwalkers


InuYasha - "I Am" by Hitomi

MAL Rated 7.87, Ranked #712 | Aired Fall 2000 | Produced by Kyoto Animation & Sunrise


(Episodes 35-64)
InuYasha
The soundtracks for InuYasha have always been packed with beautiful songs from influential artists. But this outstanding opening is one of the most well known and is praised amongst fans as one of the most iconic.

Inuyasha I Am Hitomi


Digimon Adventure - "Butter-Fly" by Kouji Wada

MAL Rated 7.87, Ranked #710 | Aired Spring 1999 | Produced by Toei Animation


Digimon Adventure
If you haven't heard of "Butter-Fly" then you're either too young or you have lived under a rock your whole life. Just like the insert song Brave Heart, this opening theme is one of the most famous anime openings ever.

Digimon Adventure Butter-fly Kouji Wada


Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S (Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon S) - "Moonlight Densetsu" by Moon Lips

MAL Rated 7.88, Ranked #693 | Aired Spring 1994 | Produced by Toei Animation


Sailor Moon S
Moonlight Densetsu (Moonlight Legend) is the opening song for the first four seasons of this anime and it is also the theme song which is most commonly associated with the Sailor Moon franchise.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Moonlight Densetsu Moon Lips


Naruto: Shippuuden - "Aoi no Sora (Blue Bird)" by Ikimonogakari

MAL Rated 7.96, Ranked #577 | Aired Winter 2007 | Produced by Studio Pierrot


(Episodes 54-77)

Naruto: Shippuuden
Ikimonogakari is one of the most well known bands in Japan and this is their most successful song, loved by fans of the series as well as tons of non-anime fans worldwide.

Naruto: Shippuuden Aoi no Sora (Bluebird) Ikimono Gakari


Bleach - "Asterisk" by Orange Range

MAL Rated 7.97, Ranked #553 | Aired Fall 2004 | Produced by Studio Pierrot


(Episodes 1-25)

Bleach
This amazing intro is provided by the famous boy band Orange Range. It is a catchy pop tune with powerful rock elements.

Bleach Asterisk Orange Range


Serial Experiments Lain - "Duvet" by Bôa

MAL Rated 7.98, Ranked #549 | Aired Summer 1998 | Produced by TV Tokyo


Serial Experiments Lain
Unbelievably catchy and charming, this song is sung in English and performed by a British indie band. It fits the psychedelic atmosphere of the anime.

Serial Experiments Lain Duvet Boa


Deadman Wonderland - "One Reason" by DWB feat.fade

MAL Rated 7.56, Ranked #1329 | Aired Spring 2011 | Produced by Manglobe


Deadman Wonderland OP anime opening
Sung in English, the lyrics are as dark as the anime and the rock tune fits it perfectly.

Deadman Wonderland OP anime opening



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